Analysis of the Sexual Impulse—Love and Pain—The Sexual Impulse in Women. Third Volume in Series, "Studies in the Psychology of Sex."
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
deed, I have often thought that the readiness with which the average physician holds himself bound to answer a call to duty at the sick-bed or in emergency cases, even when it de¬ mands of him personal sacrifice out of all proportion to the remuneration held out, might serve us priests as a model when we are called by our poor people to administer to them the comforts of religion, which they covet even more than bodily relief or health.' should suppose that a physician's reputa¬ tion, and
... ta¬ tion, and consequently his practice, depend on such conduct,' I said tentatively. Assuredly. But there are other motives that operate in most cases, and which indicate a naturally more sensitive or compassionate-I should say, perhaps, religiousdisposition of mind. In the first place, the very attraction that leads a man to take up the profession of medicine be¬ tokens ordinarily a sympathetic nature. It is true that the methods of the dissecting room tend to brutalize a disposition naturally coarse or reckless; but for this the actual suffering which subsequent experience reveals to the practitioner in a thousand different forms of light and shade, furnish a strong antidote. No man, unless it be the priest who has to ad¬ minister to a large community of needy souls, sees so much of the inner workings of human life, the true and false, as does the physician; and, if his mind be open, it can not but arouse in him motives which tend toward the real, the' permanent, as opposed to the unrealities of our temporary existence. And this I hold to be the preamble to religion, as much as reflec¬ tion is a condition of all spiritual consciousness and activity, etc., etc.!'" The reviews the literature of skin and venereal diseases. This part of the work is well illustrated. Nervous diseases are treated of by Dr. H. T. Patrick, assisted by Dr. Charles L. Mix, who give the gist of what is new in this sub¬ ject within the past year. The contribution to the subject of mental diseases is rather brief. This portion of the work does not fully represent all the valuable literature that has appeared on this subject within the period covered. As a whole the volumes fully bear out the reputation of the preceding ones. The series is a most valuable one and unique in its convenience and inexpensiveness. There are few commonwealths that have had the opportunity to have their medical history so well compiled as Dr. Cordell has done in this work for Maryland. It gives a valuable r\l=e' \sum\l=e' \ of the principal facts as regards medical practice and medical history in the state during the nineteenth century. It is divided into three sections, the historical, the biographical and the chronological. The first gives the annals of the medico-chirurgical faculty\p=m-\thestate society\p=m-\during its century of existence, with some notices of earlier organizations in the state. The second gives a brief biographic note of each member of the society so far as the records show from the beginning, making a total of about 2,400 persons. In the last section there is an account of the principal medical facts occurring in each year, and especially biographical notices of leading members of the profession in the state. The numerous portraits which embellish the text are a very valuable addition to the work and have evidently been carefully collected from the best available sources. It is something to know how our predecessors looked and the longer the time that has elapsed the more interest we have in them. The book is elegantly printed on excellent paper, its text is admirable and the industry and good judgment of the compiler are worthy of all praise. This is another volume in the series discussing sexual matters and is perhaps the most valuable one that has yet appeared. It treats of the fundamental principles and gives especial attention to an analysis of the sexual impulse in women. The many diseases and conditions in which the influence of sexual desire and gratification is sometimes discovered after having been ignored suggest the value of this book to the physician, especially to the neurologist. With his enthusiasm in and familiarity with the subject, Ellis goes into details that seem unnecessary and unpleasant\p=m-\acriticism that would not be needed if the work were only placed in the hands of specialists.